BRIGHTER
FUTURES
AHEAD

Altech is a leading distributor of solar lamps in Congo DRC. We work to enable off-grid households and institutions to have access to modern energy.

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OUR MISSION

We have an ambitious goal of reaching 2 million customers by 2020, and positively impacting the lives of over 10 million people – while building Africa’s largest and most reliable network for the distribution of clean energy products to BoP customers and institutions serving them.

We drive positive change for local communities in three key ways:

ACCESS TO
MODERN ENERGY

We work to enable every off- and poor-grid household and institution in the DRC to have access to modern energy.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT

We contribute to local communies’ socio-economic development, through jobs and cost-savings.

ENVIRONMENTAL
SUSTAINABILITY

We help reduce use of fossil fuels and other combustibles, reducing emissions and pollution.

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LIFE IN
CONGO DRC

DRC’s off- and poor-grid households (the world’s poorest) and institutions (the world’s most underserved) spend half of their daily income on candles, kerosene lamps and other fuel – to light their homes, charge mobile phones, power home appliances, and cook.

Altech enables its customers to replace these dirty, expensive, unreliable sources of energy with clean, affordable, reliable energy solutions, leading to significant improvements in their income, health, education and environment.

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MANAGEMENT

WASHIKALA MALONGO
CO-FOUNDER & CO-CEO

2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and 2014 D-Prize Winner. Over 5 years working in the DRC energy access market. Holds an M.A. degree in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a Business and Entrepreneurship certificate from Dartmouth College, USA. 

IONGWA MASHANGAO
CO-FOUNDER & CO-CEO

2014 Westerwelle Foundation Fellow, 2015 IVLP Fellow, and 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow. Over 5 years working in the DRC energy access market. Holds an M.A. degree in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and an Energy Access certificate from UC Davis, USA. 

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Atuu Waonaje
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Alenga Mutambala
Chief Sales Officer Western Zone

Massamba Mukunguliwa
Chief Sales Officer Eastern Zone

Kiza Radjabu
Chief Sales Officer Southern Zone

Kamoul Dido
Digital Database Manager Southern Zone

Dunia Mbalechabo
Digital Database Manager Eastern Zone

Landy Lutala
Digital Database Manager Western Zone

Washikala and Iongwa, both from the same small village in the DRC, first met in Tanzania as refugees fleeing civil strife in their home country. In the Lugufu refugee camp near Kigoma and hundreds of miles away from Dar es Salaam, a shared interest in returning to improve lives back home emerged.

The two friends earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam before returning to start their work. In the DRC, they founded Altech and have grown it to become the country’s leading solar products’ distributor. The need is great. More than 90 percent of the DRC population does not have access to electricity. Even the few who have grid power experience an average of 17 power blackouts per month, some lasting many days. 

SUCCESS SO FAR

We’re DRC’s largest and most reliable network for the distribution of solar products.

SOLAR PRODUCTS SOLD

LIVES AFFECTED & IMPROVED